MALVERN Town boss Les Jones has urged his players to get back to winning ways this Bank Holiday weekend after dropping their first points of the season with a 1-1 draw at home to Bewdley Town.
The Hillsiders were looking for their fourth straight West Midlands (Regional) League Premier Division victory on Wednesday night but despite taking the lead through Dave Reynolds, a comedy own-goal from Dene Whittal-Williams ensured the points were shared at the HDAnywhere Community Stadium.
The draw extends Malvern’s unbeaten run to 14 games but brought an end to their incredible 13-game winning streak in the league which dates back to March 19.
Whittal-Williams’ own-goal was also the first goal Malvern had conceded in the league this season.
Malvern currently sit fifth in the table, five points behind league leaders Wolverhampton Sporting Community who have won five out of five, and face a tough Bank Holiday period as they travel to last season’s runners-up AFC Bridgnorth tomorrow (Saturday) before making the trip to third place Wellington on Tuesday (7.45pm KO).
And with a huge clash away to Wolverhampton next Saturday (3pm KO), Jones has urged his players to get back into the winning groove.
“I was disappointed with the result on Wednesday as we could not break Bewdley down – it was a very scrappy game,” he said.
“We could not finish them off and it was obvious they came to us looking for a point.
“The players were disappointed too but we’re unbeaten in 14 league games which is something we can take note of.
“Our next two games are important fixtures so to win them both would be fantastic.
“If we can go win our next two games and then get a result against Wolverhampton next week, it will set us up well for the rest of the season.”
Ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Bridgnorth, Jones will be without defender Whittal-Williams and top scorer Luke Corbett while left-back Harry Wickett and winger Lewis Platt are expected to feature after returning from holiday.